IBM Research Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Great Company to Work For

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at IBM Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to the best people in Information Technology & Telecom

    Cons

    Offices are very boring in nature

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    It was good experience

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at IBM Research as a contractor

    Pros

    Work-life balance was fairly healthy. The community is very supportive, and much is done to encourage group cohesion. Great work environment if you are an academic but not interested in staying in academia. Peer group is amazing, and the potential for interesting opportunities is high.

    Cons

    Many co-workers work remotely, which makes it difficult to collaborate. Offices are very separated, which requires a lot of meetings to be scheduled. Current projects are not particularly exciting, though that may be a temporary problem. Overall feel of the research arm is very slow, and have heard from many co-workers without PhDs that the ability to advance or have any control over own projects is nil.

  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Ship capsizing in muck of poor morale

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Yorktown, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Yorktown, NY

    I have been working at IBM Research full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects, freedom to explore, nice colleagues, well-meaning management, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Fixation around short term earnings has resulted in an anorexia, where the company is starving its' employees and customers in favor of gorging it's shareholders. The impact has been a finance driven company that is losing its core strength in engineering and innovation, as current talent leaves, and new talent is staying away. Although there are many talented and potentially dedicated employees (including managers) remaining, there's a pervasive sense that the company has pivoted away from nurturing talent and caring for its employees. As a result morale is generally very low, as employees feel stupid giving their all to a company that has elected not to reciprocate. Although this dynamic is widely recognized in the company, by not directly communicating about and addressing these issues, senior management seems to have abandoned the ship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate openly and directly about the morale issues, and Redirect company from focusing first on EPS to focusing first on customers and employee talent and well-being. Growth and earnings should be a side-effect of customer satisfaction, technical innovation, and employee engagement. Strive to complete with the best of breed - Google, Facebook, etc ... on employee compensation, benefits, work environment, ownership, etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Lots of smart people, relevance and impact of research to company seems to be declining

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yorktown Heights, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yorktown Heights, NY

    I have been working at IBM Research full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you are in a group that is established in a relevant research area you can contribute to the field and have an opportunity to grow skills in that area. Some areas can contribute to products or interesting client facing engagements.

    Cons

    Very hard to move internally. Many areas fall behind or don't move as fast as technology in the environment outside IBM and skill sets become out of date. Path to transfer work to products is slow. Development of new technology for the company and new talent comes mostly through acquisition of other companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Great company spiralled into ordinary company

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    Former Employee - Research Staff Member in Yorktown Heights, NY
    Former Employee - Research Staff Member in Yorktown Heights, NY

    I worked at IBM Research full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable but not outstanding salary
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Extremely weak managers
    Forced ranking system
    Constant resource actions
    Bloated bureacracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the employees you hire throughout the entire business cycle

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Nice place good pay and wonderful experience

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    Former Intern - Summer Research Intern in Yorktown, NY
    Former Intern - Summer Research Intern in Yorktown, NY

    I worked at IBM Research as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good culture. Everybody is nice, great work environment. Managers are very approachable. It is a great experience and a big plus to your resume/CV.

    Cons

    This company is perfect for at least an internship. If there could be any cons, I would say the location is kind of far from other places, like restaurants, recreations and stores....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Pleasant working conditions, managers, fellow employees

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    Former Contractor - Engineer in Yorktown Heights, NY
    Former Contractor - Engineer in Yorktown Heights, NY

    I worked at IBM Research as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pleasant working conditions, managers, fellow employees.

    Cons

    Continuous downsizing. No longer the old IBM where layoffs were virtually non existent. Regular employees might not have a job when the project is finished; only given a limited time to find an internal job. IBM uses "supplemental temp employees" with lower pay as replacement for contract employees. Regular employees like secretaries could be transferred to an outside contractor and no longer be IBM employees at any time and be put in an IBM secretarial pool, with multiple bosses/jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All my managers were really good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. Upper management is very political

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    Former Contractor - Researcher in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Researcher in San Jose, CA

    I worked at IBM Research as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    The research teams are extremely talented but not egotistical, and there tends to be a strong spirit of cooperation. There is also good support for working off-site.

    Cons

    VPs have been known to force lower-level managers to make hires for positions that the managers do not want to create.

    In addition, the company is currently putting as many of its resources as it can into big data analytics while dumping everything else, complete with frequent rounds of layoffs. So unless this is your field, don't consider working for IBM any time soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your reporting managers more autonomy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. One of the best work places to work for SW engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM Research full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good work culture
    Good team work
    Flexible

    Cons

    No suggestions on improvement
    Continue the good work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more technical work

    Recommends
  11. Behemoth of a corporation

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM Research

    Pros

    Full of experts in every scientific field imaginable. Work on very open-ended scientific problems.

    Cons

    It is huge and things usually take their natural course of time to happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Meet the researchers half-way between business objectives and interesting research.

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